Yes, it can! This answer is according to the couples that I interviewed for my book, Successful Second Marriages. What prompted a book about second marriages? The failure of my own second marriage and my admiration for remarrieds who found success in this second chance love — success in spite of the negative numbers for second marriages. Statistics approximate that half of first marriages end in divorce. For second timers, the odds for staying together get even tougher: Two-thirds of those taking the plunge a second time don’t make it. With odds like these, it is surprising that more than half of those first-time exes remarry…but they do! We are a nation in love with love.
‘Hunger Games’ Star Leven Rambin and ‘True Blood’ Alum Jim Parrack Are EngagedPosted In: Tying Knots
Jim Parrack and Leven Rambin announced their engagement after only a few months of dating. Photo courtesy of Leven Rambin's Instagram.
By Ann Luther
We all saw True Blood alum Jim Parrack’s heartbreak when he ended his marriage to his wife of six years, Ciera Parrack. However, he quickly moved on, proposing to Hunger Games star, Leven Rambin, after only a few months of dating. According to UsMagazine.com, they even made their big news official on Facebook: Parrack changed his relationship status to Engaged over the weekend. The new couple does, in fact, seem very happy in this Instagram video they posted announcing their hiatus from social media. Best of luck to the adorable pair!
How do you know when you’re ready to move on post-divorce?
Gwyneth Paltrow is on good terms with ex Chris Martin. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Sanetra Richards
The love is still there for Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. According to UsMagazine.com, the estranged spouses have remained friends, despite the announcement of their split back in March. The Coldplay frontman talked about the relationship between him and his spouse during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, July 31st. “I’m not the best interviewee on this kind of thing,” Martin said when asked by the 102.7 KIIS FM host how him and Paltrow are able to remain friends during their separation. “But we’re friends and proud parents. There’s lots of love, and that’s it,” he added.
What are some ways to remain friends with your ex post-breakup?
Hilary Duff at the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Sanetra Richards
Music was Hilary Duff’s therapy after announcing her separation from estranged husband Mike Comrie. The 26-year-old talked about writing songs about the former NHL player and their son Luca during a Billboard.com Pop Shop podcast on Thursday, July 31, according to UsMagazine.com, “I’m separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby,” the actress-singer said. “There’s a song about Luca and a song about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we’re not meant to be together, or maybe we are,” she added. “It’s very, very personal.” The couple announced their split back in January. Despite the separation, the two have remained amicable, with Comrie, 33, even stopping by with their 2-year-old son at her “Chasing the Sun” music video in July. Duff told listeners that her album was “a lot heavier and darker” after the split. “I think I just needed to get that out,” she said. “And once I did get that out a lot of fun came.” After nearly a five-year hiatus, Duff seems to be ready to take on her professional life once again. While away, she focused on two home renovations, learning to cook, getting to know her husband, and welcoming their baby boy. “The thing for me was that I really toured for five years straight…and I don’t think anyone gave me the credit as an artist,” she said. “I was having the best time,” she concluded, “but after about five years, I was like, I have no life, I have, like, two friends, I’m never home, I’m never with my family,” she explained of why she decided to take a break. “I kind of needed to shut it all down—it was time for me to be a person and learn who I wanted to be.”
How can you incorporate music in your relationship?
Being a divorced, single parent can be overwhelming. If you are the primary custodial parent, you have a great responsibility to teach and raise your children in a positive, well-structured, healthy environment. You set the example; you set the tone in your home for your children to exemplify and follow. Giving your children the attention and support they need is not for the faint of heart. The reality is you are doing the job of two parents, and most of the time, it’s by yourself.
“Sometimes, life is about just being here and feeling gratitude and enjoying all we are blessed with.”
I have been spending a great deal of time lately with a good friend who is deep into self healing, meditation, de-stressing, clearing buried emotions, and other ideas that go along with living a healthier, happier life.
One couple is headed to Splitsville, for the second time. Emilie de Ravin and husband Joshua Janowicz have filed for divorce once again, according to UsMagazine.com. “Emilie and her husband have filed for divorce,” de Ravin’s rep, Jeff Raymond, released in a statement. “They have recently been living separately and remain friends.” The couple first filed for divorce in January 2007, seven months after their wedding ceremony. Janowicz was served the papers two years later, however, and it was not finalized. This time around may be for good. The 32-year-old cited irreconcilable differences with the Once Upon a Time actress. The two have been separated since November.
How do you know when to call it quits on a long-term relationship?
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Photo: Solarpix / PR Photos
By Shannon Seibert
Melanie Griffith made quite the statement at Italy’s Taormina Film Festival on Tuesday, June 17, by covering up her husband Antonio Banderas’ name on her famous heart tattoo. The couple just recently split after being together for almost 20 years. Griffiths’ signature heart tattoo was covered with a flesh patch and make up to cover her ex’s name. The ink had been a trademark for their love since 1998 when it first debuted, according to UsMagazine.com.
What are some ways to show the world you love your partner?
“…great marriages are born when two people decide to come to the party!”
It’s common knowledge that most of us, at one time or another, will consider divorce as an alternative to a difficult marriage. The truth is ALL marriages are difficult to some degree, and those of us who long for the fairy tale will be sorely disappointed. I have often said that great marriages are born when two people decide to come to the party! Marriages fail because someone decides the party isn’t all that fun.
Sadly, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are divorcing after 18 years of marriage. Their news comes after living separate lives due to their conflicting work schedules. They may be saying their split is amicable and ending in a loving manner, but the reality is that they no longer choose to be a couple. They will now have to face dividing their combined fortune, rumored to be worth 50 million dollars.
In talking with many divorced individuals, I’ve learned that expectations about sex, money, care taking, adoration, housekeeping, ways to spend leisure time, and a whole bunch of other individual traits are often born out of selfishness, immaturity, and insecurity and sometimes even based on a lack of experience with reality. I hope that doesn’t sound negative, but the fact is we all bring our own stuff into our marriages, and often, our stuff doesn’t exactly mesh with our spouse’s stuff.
I met a couple several weeks ago who, between them, had experienced several divorces. The husband lamented that his first wife had cheated on him, his second wife just wouldn’t give him enough attention, his third wife couldn’t accept his children, and so on…
And this is the reason I try and focus on helping people stay in their marriages if at all possible! Because the cycle doesn’t end. Issues will keep popping up no matter how many times you get married, because it isn’t about the issues themselves — it’s about the people in the marriage who are creating the issues. And until we fix the people…the issues will remain. In my opinion, a good counselor could absolutely help a couple facing infidelity, attention deficits, blending families, or any other problem that exists by focusing on the real issues we just talked about — selfishness, immaturity, insecurity, etc.
If you are seriously considering divorce, I want you to spend the next week asking yourself these three questions over and over until you have the answers solidified.
– Will I be better off? Will you be better off emotionally? Will you be better off or at least be able to sustain yourself financially? Will you be happier in the long run? Think of these questions in every possible scenario.
– Am I okay with the thought of a new life? If you are forced to move from your home, will your kids be okay with a new school and new friends? Will you be able to handle all the added responsibility? Think about all of the changes that will take place for you personally and figure out if, for you, these changes are manageable.
– Have circumstances made it necessary for me to end this marriage — affairs or abuse? If the affairs or abuse has stopped, is it possible to put things back together? The roadblock often comes when one partner doesn’t want to put in the work or seek counseling and do what it takes in order to gain back the violated spouse’s trust. These are serious problems, and you need to determine for yourself if indeed you will be better off leaving the marriage.
Divorce is a big decision. Don’t move forward with it until you have exhausted every attempt to fix things in your marriage. Once you are comfortable with your decision, whatever it is, move forward with conviction. I will root for you to go for the save!
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Janeen Diamond, author of Save Your Marriage in 30, was a newscaster for KUTV News until 2001. Since that time, she has been actively producing commercials and special programming through her company, Your TV Spot. She has hosted several television and internet productions and has been a spokesperson for several products and companies. She is a leader over the youth in her church and takes a special interest in helping kids stay on track with their lives. Janeen is currently co-creating “Teen Impact TV,” a website for high school students to give them a creative and emotional outlet. She is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, DivorceSupportCenter.com, FamilyShare.com, and CupidsPulse.com. Follow her on Twitter @janeendiamond and Facebook.
The smoke has cleared and everything is settled between Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy … at least for now. According to UsMagazine.com, the estranged couple has come to an agreement in divorce court, involving the custody battle for daughter Bryn. Hoppy’s attorney, Bernard Clair, released a confirmation statement saying, “My client is delighted that this custody dispute has been resolved; that his co-parenting status has been acknowledged; that the parties’ child will have the benefit of being raised by both parents; and most importantly, that his daughter will no longer be at the mercy of a high-profile courtroom battle.”
What are some ways to shield your child from divorce proceedings?
A new couple has made their debut! That’s right, Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr are out of hiding and ready to show off their relationship. According to UsMagazine.com, after filing for divorce from his wife, Jessica Ussery, over year ago, the country star walked the CMT Music Awards red carpet with his new girlfriend Brittany Kerr on June 4th. After admitting to inappropriate behavior with Kerr in September 2012, Aldean called it quits on his 12-year marriage and later filed for divorce in April 2013. It was confirmed him and his former mistress were officially dating in March 2014. The couple was also spotted meeting up for dinner after April’s ACM Awards.
How do you know when to go public with your new relationship?
Co-parenting and planning summer visitation with teenagers can be challenging and emotionally draining. Hopefully, plans can be worked out peacefully with your ex-spouse — consider Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe for a celebrity example — but there are many who are not so fortunate. The error comes when parents choose to not give their teenagers a voice in planning their time. They don’t stop to think about the consequences that occur when their teenagers aren’t able to participate in activities and events that are important to them, through no fault of their own.
The solutions are simple. Here are some tips to help with co-parenting during your teenager’s summer plans:
Bethenny Frankel opened up her heart on the court stand on Wednesday, May 28th. According to UsMagazine.com, the former Real Housewife and talk show host gave her testimony in a custody case with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, with whom she has a 4-year-old daughter with, Bryn. The couple split back in 2012 and it has been a bumpy road since. In her statement, the 43-year-old was very emotional and even broke down in tears throughout various portions. Frankel recalled on the time when she and Hoppy lived together because he was unwilling to leave: “Jason said to me, ‘Get ready, we are going to war. It’s over. We’re done,” Frankel remembered. “He would leave the house in shambles. There would be dishes everywhere. He would pee and poop and leave it in the toilets. He would hold Bryn, and he would say, “You’re finished, you’re done. I’m going to ruin you.” Frankel also told the court a specific instance when her ex-husband would ridicule her in front of their daughter. Frankel claimed Hoppy’s taunting happened numerous times in front of her daughter, and that he often tried to get the little girl to turn against her. “He would say, ‘Mommy should be Ursula the witch. She’s a great witch. You be the princess, I’ll be the prince, Mommy will be the witch,’” said the Skinnygirl Dish author as the tears fell. An insider tells Us, “Bethenny is trying to just keep pushing forward. She’s in a good place right now.”
What are some ways to keep things civil with your ex for your children?
With every breakup or divorce that involves children, comes the decision to co-parent (or at least try to). However, before you and your ex can make that choice, there must be an agreement and understanding shared between the two of you. So, how exactly do you keep it civil for your child’s sake? Cupid has some tips to help:
1. Respect each other: Which basically means no bashing, especially not in your child’s presence, whatsoever. If you are habitually arguing in front of your child(ren), they will soon start to believe one parent is not fit – this could possibly lead to lashing out and ill behavior. On the other hand, if you and your ex are showing respect one another, your child will suspect nothing wrong.
2. Come to terms: You and your ex should face that the separation is real and the chances of you all getting back together are slim to none. You both have turned the page and are now on new chapters. No matter the circumstance, those old feelings should not interfere with your parenting.
3. Delete: Let go of the anger and resentment. You must both remember, your separation was for the best. By staying together you were ultimately putting your child’s happiness was at stake. Think of yourselves as parents before exes.
How do you keep things civil with an ex when children are involved? Share your thoughts below.
The wedding bands are off for! According to UsMagazine.com, Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have decided to go their separate ways after two years of marriage. In an exclusive statement, a rep told Us, “Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have decided to separate. They both love and respect one another and will of course remain committed to co-parenting their son. This is a mutual decision and the two remain close friends.” A source also added, “They love each other so much but it just wasn’t right.” The pair met back in 2004 on the video set of Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and walked down the aisle eight years later in 2012. The 26 and 28-year-old also welcomed a new addition to their family last July. The new mom shared with Us in November what motherhood was like and her busy schedule: “I’ve been having separation anxiety because I’m so used to him being right here all the time. They kind of become a part of you, you know?” said Wood as she blushed about their baby boy. “It was my dream to be a mom, so I’m loving it. I love it.” “He’s smiling and laughing. He started rolling over,” she went onto add about his steps through babyhood. “He’s grabbing things. You know, he’s making oohs and aahs.” The couple’s last red carpet appearance was also back in November for the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala held in Los Angeles.
How do you know when it’s time to call it quits on your marriage?
Unfortunately, every marriage cannot be salvaged, and it’s best to know when you should part ways before letting time pass you by. Here are a few things Cupid thinks will help you come to the realization:
1. Everyday bickering: The time you spend together is consumed by arguments, whether petty or major. And at the end of the day, you and your partner cannot come to an agreement on anything. Compromise definitely does not exist in your household! Pay attention to the disputes revolving around some of the smallest issues and if there is constant finger pointing. Although proper communication can repair a relationship, there is not a 100% guarantee.
2. Future? More like past: Your significant other starts off as a good time – you can see planning and building your entire life with him/her . . . but then you begin to realize that you do not see them in your future. The dream of making a home, starting a family, etc., slowly vanishes. The nitpicking and dislikes become greater than ever – and so does calling it quits.
3. Attraction fizzles: No more wild and spontaneous dates, or romance, period. You no longer desire to have your partner around. Do not ignore the warning signs! Keep in mind, they are always there before the storm approaches.
What are the signs that your marriage is in its last days? Share your thoughts below.
It would be hard to ignore the latest buzz in celebrity couple news. There has been little else talked about than the separation and impending divorce of Hollywood darling Gwyneth Paltrow and front man rock star Chris Martin. This marriage of 10 years has been closely protected and kept out of the public eye, so news of the breakup has come as a surprise and a blow to their adoring fans.
Deryck Whibley, former husband of Avril Lavigne, went on a life changing trip to the hospital. According to UsMagazine.com, the Sum 41 frontman, 34, was recently rushed to the hospital after collapsing in his home. The rocker spoke out about experience on his website and reveled the reason behind his trip to the hospital was because of “all the hard boozing” he’d done over the years had finally caught up with him. The musician said he learned from the frightening experience and will stop drinking for good, which is something former wife, pop star Lavigne is “proud” of him for.
What do you do if your partner is abusing a substance?
Harmful substances can come in many shapes and forms, but one thing is for sure they all can be dangerous. It can be scary to witness someone you love and care about experiencing a substance abuse problem, especially when you have no idea how to help. Cupid has some advice on what you can do if your partner is abusing a substance:
1. Lend your support: Giving your support to someone in need is one of the best things you can do for them. There are many ways to show your support, you can talk to them, encourage them, help them out, and simply just be there for them. It’s important from your loved one to know you will stick by them even during difficult times.
2. Help them get help: It can be hard to admit to yourself that you need help, which is why sometimes you need it from others. Do some research and see what can help or what has worked for others. You can also look up drug side affects and what can happen if you abuse them, it can help with getting them to understand the dangers and what could happen to them if they don’t receive help.
3. Get them to realize they have a problem: If your partner is having a hard time admitting they have a problem, the best way you can help them is by getting them to realize that they do.They are a number of ways to go about it, you can get help from their family or other people close to them and stage an intervention or you can talk to them on your own, just do what you feel is best for the both of you.
What would you do if your partner is abusing a substance? Share in the comments below.
Andrew Dice Clay and Valerie Silverstein divorcing. PRN / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie Silverstein have decided to end their marriage after four years. According to People, the legally named Andrew Silverstein, actor filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court and have been separated since March 18. Dice Clay, reportedly said in a statement the divorce not only ended amicably, but was also the best thing for their relationship. He went on to say the term “marriage” was only adding unnecessary pressure to their relationship and now the two have more “love” and “respect” for each other than ever before, they even celebrated their divorce at the restaurant Craig’s in West Hollywood.
How do you keep unneeded pressure out of your relationship?
Divorce is one of those life events that forces huge changes in your life, whether you like it or not. During a divorce, a decision will need to be made on living arrangements. Let the court decide who needs to move out and what will happen with the home. Sometimes, one spouse will offer to move out but wants their part of the equity in the house. The partner who stays put may have to put it up for sale in order to pay the other partner unless they can refinance, thus adding the amount of equity onto the mortgage.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. Photo: PRN / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
New docu-series on Lifetime starring Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott, will invite viewers and TV cameras into their home during a rough time in their marriage. According to People, the couple’s marriage was recently in hot waters because of a cheating scandal involving McDermott, 47, which caused the actor to enter rehab. The series, True Tori, will focus on the married duo and it will follow them as they work on their problem, starting when McDermott’s leaves treatment. Spelling, 40, has been married to her husband for seven years and they have four children together.
What are some ways to confront issues in your relationship?
Miranda Kerr did a revealing photoshoot and interview for the May 2014 issue of British GQ magazine. According to UsMagazine.com, Kerr not only graced the cover of the mag wearing nothing, but a pair of thigh high stockings, she also delved into steamy details of her life following the split with her husband of three years, Orlando Bloom. Kerr, 30, is reportedly enjoying the single life, open to dating and confessed to the magazine, as she gets older she is becoming more confident in asking for what she “enjoys” in and out of the bedroom. Kerr also revealed that she is open to explore whether it be with men or women.
How do you join the dating world after splitting from you own long-term relationship?
Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald. Photo: richard shotwell / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
It’s official. Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald have decided to call it quits. According to UsMagazine.com a rep confirmed the ex-couple are over, but even though they have decided to go their separate ways, their marriage is ending on good terms. Reed,25. And McDonald, 29 will continue to share a love of music and their collaborative début album, “I’m Not Falling” releasing in 2014, is still in the works. The duo first met in March 2011 at the premiÃ¨re of Little Red Riding Hood in L.A., while McDonald was garnering attention as a contestant on Season 10 of American Idol and after seven months of dating they walked down the aisle in a private ceremony in Malibu, California back in October 2011.
How do you know when to call it quits on your marriage?
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are amicable post-split. Photo: Away! / PR Photos; Janet Mayer / PR Photos
By Sanetra Richards
Another one bites the dust! Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin have decided to part marital ways after 10 years. The couple announced the split earlier this week. According toPeople, Paltrow (PEOPLE’s 2013 Most Beautiful Woman) and Martin stated they were “working hard for well over a year” — both as a couple and individually — “to make their relationship work.”
The pair released the following statement on the GOOP website under the heading “Conscious Uncoupling”: “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate.” The parents of a 9½-year-old daughter Apple and a 7½-year-old son Moses went onto say, “We have come to the conclusion that, while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.”
Although the marriage is ending, co-parenting is not out of the question. “We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways, we are closer than we have ever been. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
How do you know when it’s time to go your separate ways?
Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov. Photo: Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
Johnny Weir and soon-to-be ex-husband Victor Voronov recently settled their custody battle over their family dog. According to TMZ, during their divorce proceedings, Voronov filed papers to request that their dog TÃ«ma be returned to him. The Olympic figure skater believed that the dog rightfully belongs with him because he was allegedly a “make-up gift.” He says he was also the one who trained and took care of the dog. For now, they have agreed to joint custody. Additionally, Voronov is seeking financial support from Weir because, according to his attorney, he gave up everything to be with him, including his career.
“When depression sets in, bring on the sugar! Right?”
I don’t know about you, but for me, the winter months are often the hardest to get through. Sometimes, it feels like all I can do is grit my teeth and survive! The snow falls, which is great the first several times, but then it starts to get annoying. The sun rarely shines because of the inversion, and, no matter what I do, I’m freezing all the time. …Don’t miss the rest! Click here for more.
Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov. Photo: Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos
By Sanetra Richards
The Sochi Olympian Jonny Weir and lawyer husband Victor Voronov are splitting after two+ years of marriage. According to UsMagazine.com, the fashionable figure skater announced the separation on March 19 through Twitter saying, “”It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together,” he tweeted. “My heart hurts, and I wish him well.” In a February 2014 interview with Access Hollywood, Weir talked about his husband and their married life: “”My husband was actually in the closet until about a month before we were married. He comes from a very strict and judgmental world.” Weir went on to say, “Being married is an adjustment, and I’m such an OCD, solitary, confined person that it was very hard to open my life and my home and in some ways my closet to somebody else,” he continued. “We both are constantly fighting to wear the pants in the relationship.”
How do you know when to put an end to your marriage?
Jason Aldean and Ex Jessica Ussery. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
Jason Aldean is dating whom? That would be Brittany Kerr, the woman he cheated on his wife, Jessica Ussery, with back in September 2012. UsMagazine.comconfirmed that the pair has been dating since Aldean filed for divorce from his wife back in April 2013. It was in 2012 that the country singer got caught with the American Idol alum, to which the music artist admitted and publicly apologized shortly after via a Facebook post. Aldean was with his wife Ussery for almost 12 years and the ex-couple have two children together. After the scandal, the ex-lovers tried to work things out, but eventually parted ways. Aldean and his new lover Kerr were spotted on Friday, March 14, at Aldean’s performance at Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.
What are some ways to avoid drama in your relationship?
Katharine McPhee and her husband Nick Cokas separated nine months ago, but now it seems the couple may be trying to work on marriage. According to People, a close friend of the pair says they are trying to work things out. The duo has been spending time together and was recently spotted out in Los Angeles walking their dogs. There was initially a lot of controversy surrounding their separation, because just 5 months after the ex-lovers announcement of their split, news broke about McPhee’s affair with married man, director Michael Morris. Morris is married to actress Mary McCormack. However after everything, McPhee and Cokas remained close and now it seems they’re hoping to start fresh.
What are some ways to seek help with your marriage?
“The marriage of Harold Ray Mann and Patricia Mann is now dissolved.” Hearing these words, I didn’t understand how this new status — single — would change my life, a life where I previously had checked “married” on all forms. So what was my future and the future of my daughters in our now one-parent household? “What now?” were the words in my mind that I never verbalized.
Heather Locklear. Photo: Bob Charlotte / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
Richie Sambora proves just because you’re no longer with former partner, doesn’t mean you stop being attracted to them. According to People, Sambora raved about his ex-wife Heather Locklear, while he attended friend, Ray Parker Jr’s, ceremony for his star on the Walk of Fame on Thursday in Hollywood. The rocker reportedly couldn’t stop complimenting her, and even said, “…she looks better than ever.” The ex-couple divorced back in 2007, but Locklear, 52 and Sambora are still close friends. Even though it took years for them to get to a good place, the Bon Jovi guitarist said focusing their efforts on their 16-year-old daughter Ava, helped them to let go and move on to where they are now.
Josh and Jessica Lucas. Photo: ER/Flynetpictures.com
By April Littleton
According to People, Josh Lucas, who split from his wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez in January, is only focusing on the well-being of his son Noah, 20 months. “My becoming a father has changed absolutely everything in my life,” he said. “I am more and more wanting to be a part of things that [are] playful and more the things I see my son really responding to and enjoying.” Lucas and his wife became engaged six weeks after meeting. The former couple are now trying to remain amicable with each other.
“Marriage is about compromise; it’s about doing something for the other person, even when you don’t want to.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding
I had a great conversation with two friends, both widowed, the other day. They’re dating each other, and it’s starting to get serious. While not pointedly addressed quite yet, it’s clear that the “we should spend the rest of our lives together” conversation is not that far off in the future. How wonderful for them! To have found love again — and all the joy, happiness, and elation that comes with new love — after both having lost spouses is wonderful and very sweet to see. Of course, they should spend the rest of their lives together. Thank goodness for second chances and the fact that they met each other.
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke. Photo: David Gabber / PR Photos
By April Littleton
A day before Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton called it quits on their relationship, the “Blurred Lines” singer took his son on a day trip to Disneyland. An eyewitness told UsMagazine.com that Thicke seemed to be cheerful and was responsive to all his fans. “I asked if I could get his autograph and he said, ‘ Sure baby!’” Thicke and Patton confirmed their split in a statement Mon, Feb. 24. Sources claim the split was bound to happen, “It is not a shock to Robin or Paula, and it is something they have discussed for a long time,” one source said.
How do you break the news of a separation to a child?
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Louisa Gonzales
There are no hard feelings between Jennifer Lopes and Marc Anthony and the same goes for the starlet’s beau. According to UsMagazine.com, Anthony recently stopped by The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, February 17th and spoke of how not only was he still good friends with his ex-wife J.Lo, but with her boyfriend, Casper Smart. Anthony also revealed he is not one to judge and said nothing, but lovely things about Lopez and her new lover saying, “anybody that means something to her means something to me”. Anthony recently just got out of relationship, with ex-girlfriend Chloe Green after a year of dating, but that hasn’t stopped him from believing in the possibility of finding love again.
How do you keep things civil with your ex’s new partner?
Top 3 Non-Negotiable Questions You Need to Think About Before Filing for DivorcePosted In: Exclusives, Guest Posts
What to consider before filing for divorce. Photo: CandyBox Images / Bigstock.
By Mark Baer
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Some married couples live together with their children. When those children grow up and move out of their parents’ home, does that mean that they are no longer a family? Some married couples with children don’t live together because of their work commitments and for other such reasons. Does that make them any less of a family? Religious beliefs aside, some couples such as Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have children together, but were never married. Aren’t they still a family? Married couples with children sometimes divorce. Does that mean that they are no longer a family? If you think about it, the nature of their relationship changed from being married with children to being unmarried with children. I’m afraid that when a couple has children together, their marital status does not control their status as a family.
Many may define a “perfect” family as one in which the parents are married and in love with each other. I opted to use the word “perfect” because that was the term and definition used by a minor child of divorce, who was interviewed in a documentary film by Ellen Bruno titled “SPLIT.” While his family may not be “perfect,” as defined by him, I promise you he still considers it a family.
Heidi Klum and Martin Kristen. Photo: Goodwin/Pablo/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By Louisa Gonzales
It looks like supermodel Heidi Klum is back on the market. People confirmed that Klum and her bodyguard boyfriend, Martin Kirsten separated a few weeks ago, after dating for a year and half. The ex lovebirds started dating a few months after Klum, 40, filed for divorce from ex husband Seal whom she was married to for several years. A source close to Klum states that Martin, 41, was there for Klum during the difficult time after her divorce. The ex lovers may have gone their separate ways, but Klum is still grateful for the time spent with Martin and all his support. The two will reportedly remain friends, but they will be discontinuing their professional relationship.
How do you know when it’s time to call it quits on a relationship?
David Arquette and Courteney Cox. Photo: ER/FlynetPictures.com
By Louisa Gonzales
Courteney Cox and David Arquette may have separated back in 2010, but the ex couple still maintains a positive relationship with each other. Cox, 49, even talks about her ex in a friendly way, going on to reportedly say she wants him to be happy. The once lovers have both moved on as Arquette is expecting a baby with girlfriend Chrisina McLarty, while Cox is linked to musician Johnny McDaid. Although the two have one of the most amicable splits in Hollywood, according to People, Cox still notes the difficulty of divorce. She mentions how having a daughter together, Coco, 9, helps them keep their priorities straight, as they want what’s best for her. Cox also relies on friends such as Friends costar Jenifer Aniston for support.
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Ah…we’re moving into a new year, and don’t we all love new beginnings? It feels like a fresh start, a new chance, a do-over. It feels like an opportunity to “get it right this time.” The reality is that we can make a new beginning, a fresh start, any time. We don’t need a special date marked in red on the calendar or a month that we know is at the head of a whole fresh year.
I’ve never believed in New Year’s resolutions, but that doesn’t mean I’m against making a fresh start. I just don’t confine such activities to the first month of the calendar year. For instance, the beginning of spring is a time of rebirth. Your birthday is always a good day to re-evaluate your life and see what needs re-calibrating. In truth, any time is a good time to begin anew.
Mike Comrie, Hilary Duff and Luca Comrie. Photo: LRR/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By Louisa Gonzales
It looks like new exes Hilary Duff and pro-hockey star Mike Cormie are dealing with their spit in mature adult way. The former lovebirds are choosing to remain in each other lives as friends even though they are no longer a couple. According to UsMagazine.com, the former lovers spotted out together on January 12, mere days after announcing their spilt on Friday January 10th, driving home from a social gathering at the Four Season Hotel where they dined together as a family with son Luca, 21 months.
How do you remain civil post-split for the sake of your children?
As a divorced parent, you can never pay too much attention to your communication skills with your children. It keeps the doors open for a healthier, more positive relationship with them. It makes you more sensitive to issues of concern early on, so you can nip them in the bud. It also encourages your children to talk about what they are feeling, questions they have, and situations that are creating conflict for them.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian. Photo: JD/FameFlynet Pictures
By Brittany Stubbs
A week after Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom, husband of four years, she’s opening up about her pain from the breakup. The reality star tweeted what appears to be a response to the speculation she’d quickly rebounded with baseball star Matt Kemp. “This, in and of itself, is heartbreaking and torture to my soul,” Kardashian wrote. “Please, I don’t need the extra rumors and BS right now.” Despite that she has been spotted out with the L.A. Dodgers outfielder, a source tells People that they are “just friends.” The source also adds, “Khloe is absolutely heartbroken right now [over Lamar] and dating someone is the last thing she’s thinking about.”
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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. Photo: JACSON/VM/FAMEFLYNET
By April Littleton
According to UsMagazine.com, Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from husband of four years Lamar Odom Friday, Dec. 13. Kardashian is asking to legally remove Odom from her last name and she is not seeking any spousal support. The couple married Sept. 2009 after one month of dating.
How do you know when to call it quits on your relationship?
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs. Photo: Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By Brittany Stubbs
After ten years of marriage, it appears Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel won’t be having a happy ending. “Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” reps for the couple told People exclusively. “Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.” The couple married in 2003 and had their son, Walker, in September 2009.
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Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell. Photo: CPR/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By Brittany Stubbs
Simon Cowell’s girlfriend and the mother-to-be of his child, Lauren Silverman, finalized her divorce from ex-husband Andrew Silverman in New York Civil Court this Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms. The couple reached an amicable divorce settlement this past August, just one month after the announcement that Silverman was pregnant with Cowell’s child. Cowell has purchased an engagement ring, a source told People in November, and may pop the question over the upcoming holidays.
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Diane Lane and Josh Brolin. Photo: ER/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By April Littleton
According to People, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane have finalized their divorce. The once-happy couple separated earlier this. Los Angeles County Superior Court documents filed Nov. 27 made the split official. Brolin and Lane married in 2004 during a ceremony at a central California ranch.